Shlomo Carlebach was not an Abuser
Rabbi Chaim Dalfin, author of The Real Shlomo, JEP Press October 2014, has publically taken a stand in a most controversial issue. Carlebach who died 20 years ago on October 20, 1994, was a public figure, the last century’s greatest Jewish composer of music and one who touched thousands of lives, both Jewish and Gentile.
However his legacy was tarnished in 1998 when a scathing article in the Lilith Magazine accused him of sexual abuse to 20-25 women.
It is this issue Rabbi Dalfin, noted historian and ethnographer, disagrees with and hopes to change public opinion about Carlebach. Although Dalfin admits and documents Carlebach’s desire for women, yet, he emphatically argues he wasn’t abusive. He also argues that most women gravitated to him because they wanted to be with a “star.”